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Brewed by Tring
Style: English Strong Ale
Tring, England

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Cask & Bottle Conditioned; Occasional.
Originally brewed on October 25th to commemorate the Charge of the Light Brigade. Now brewed in January and matured for 11 months to be sold over Christmas and New Year. The prolonged storage provides an extremely drinkable ale for its strength. A strong, dark aromatic and estery barley wine.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRatKing (120) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle to tulip. Nice dark amber colour, but practically no head whatsoever. Very nice aroma, reminds me a sweet Belgian; rich roasted malt, toffee, some nuttiness. Taste also reminiscent of good Belgian ale, with good sweetness, toffee and coffee notes, roasted nut and vanilla biscuit, some mild hoppiness to add some balance. This is excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thehead92 (33) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
The beer has a great story it is very dark, ruby brown with a thin but clingy head. Big roasted malts, light fruity hops and a little chocolate/caramel. A nice strong ale, very smooth finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mt_hall (119) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2012
Bottled. Clear dark brown with a very small, short-lived light brown head. A sweet, malty, fruity nose. Very smooth, with a sweet start and a drier, hoppy finish. Hides the high alcohol behind complex and well balanced flavours. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjsint (831) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Cask @ Lamb, Stoke Goldington. Cola-coloured brown with a shade of ruby. Smell of alcohol, almost whisky-like. Sweet caramel taste with warming edges. Sweet smoky finish with a hint of bitterness. Sublime and intense.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19670) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2002
Sampled cask conditioned. Deep burgundy in colour. Fruity and salty nose. Very malty, full bodied. Surprising almond and banana flavour. Very dry. Salty, bitter finish. Almost like a Belgian style doubel dark, but perhaps leaning towards a barley wine as well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11339) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2011
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW. Clear, rich, dark red-brown pour with a modest head. Plenty of dark, ripoe fruits on the nose, some caramel malts. Very sweet flavor, tons of fruit punch, cherries, grapes, berries, mild caramel and straight sugar. Medium to full in body with fine carbonation. Warming finish, lots of sugars, some ripe fruit, subtle booze, more berries. One of the better English barley wines I’ve had; I don’t like sour malts. Unrefined and slightly in-your-face, this is a decent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20620) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2011
Bottled (from Utobeer). Deep amber colour, small white head. Aroma is sweet malts, some quite hoppy notes, mild spices as well as some slight alcohol sweetness. Flavour is rather sweet malts, alcohol, some toasted notes as well as quite big on the hops. Wellbalanced and rather pleasantly balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gscratch (8) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013 does not count
Quite a departure from my usual IPA and Brown Ales. Malty, toffees, a little hop up front. There is a little smokyness there. Reminds me of Sherrys I tried when I was much younger. Undercarbed a little, but it bites the tip of the tongue a little anyway. Pours a bubbly finger of head, but dissipates quickly. One might think you were partaking of a flat coke looking at the glass. I quite like this though.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
2oz sample from a 330ml bottle courtesy of @gabethestereotypicalasianguy. 7.2%. Pours a coppery-brown with a bubbly tan head, no lacing, barely-there retention. Aroma is reminiscent of darker trappist biers, fig, black currant, raisin, and a bit of a yeasty sourness. Very farm-style on the pallet, lots of yeasty, cracked wheat notes, with some mild soft fruit sweetness. Not well liked at the table, but they were mostly beer weaklings. Definitely Glory, not death.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (13671) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle, 7.2%. Peppery aroma. Clear dark brown colour. Good vanilla flavour to start with, turning malty and finishing with a mellow alcohol note. Slightly sweet. Good.


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